White van driving into the mountains with "go all in" written in the sky.


Weekend Break trips allow students to visit and impact local communities in the state of Colorado. While Weekend Break trips are a shortened Alternative Break experience, these trips still have all the major components of an Alternative Break including education, service, and reflection. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a local issue as well as meet other CU Boulder students who are interested in service. To learn more, review the Alternative Breaks Participant Expectations. We hope you'll be a part of this experience!


Trip Cost

In 2020, Weekend Break trips cost $25.00 per person. This fee includes transportation, food, lodging, community partner fees, and most means.

The Alternative Breaks program has many scholarships available, just indicate interest and need when submitting the Participant Application.

2019-2020 Weekend Break Trips

  • Trip Description: Spend a weekend learning about an issue that exists in our own backyard! The number of people experiencing homeless​ness in the Denver metro region is steadily increasing as housing costs skyrocket in Colorado. We would like to address the stigma against those afflicted by homelessness and showcase the diverse situations that could lead someone to reach the point of couch surfing for months on end, living out of their car, or sleeping on the streets. During this trip, we will be working with 3 different organizations in order to address several aspects of the homeless epidemic which include: food access, homeless families, and the root of it all, lack of affordable and accessible housing. This trip is the perfect way to escape from the Boulder bubble, participate in meaningful work, and participate in Alternative Breaks without committing the entirety of Spring Break!
  • Location: Colorado
  • Trip Dates: Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9, 2020

Meet the Site Leaders

Hello! Your Site Leaders for this trip are Maria Alsubhi (she/her/hers) and Marlenne Montanez (she/her/hers). Marlenne is a senior at CU Boulder double majoring in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Psychology, and has been involved with Alternative Breaks since her freshman year. Maria is a sophomore at CU Boulder majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with minors in Sociology and Leadership and a certificate in Public Health, and she has also been involved with Alternative breaks. We are both involved with Alternative Breaks because of the opportunity to volunteer within our interests and learn more about the ways we can make impacts in our community and become Active Citizens. Alternative Breaks has made a huge impact in both of our college experiences.